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Bitch Is the New Black: A Memoir by [Andrews, Helena]
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"Andrews' combination of personal anecdote and analysis of success and race makes her tales unique. And at the same time, her exploration of gender in America is one surely any woman can relate to."--Bust Magazine

"[A] bitingly funny -- and honest -- read....[Andrews] establishes herself as an individual, proving that the women who fit into the "strong (single) black woman" category are more complex than the one-dimensional persona lets on."--Associated Press

""Bitch Is the New Black" is an authentic fresh exploration of what it is to be young, black, and single right now--from a voice both outrageously funny and heartbreakingly honest."--Shonda Rhimes, creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice"

"I didn't like this book. I "loved" it....I'm giving copies to all of my girlfriends who have crazy families, love lives that revolve around IM, and, of course, I'm pretending I helped Helen write it."--Angela Nissel, author of "Mixed" and "The Broke Diaries"

"The scathingly witty author examines a wide variety of topics that, beneath the jokes and sarcasm, address weighty issues (depression, aging, abortion) with wry astuteness...An irreverent, savvy and sharp memoir."--Kirkus Reviews

"With honesty and wit...Andrews is not afraid to reveal anything, even her bra size."--Washington Post


"With honesty and wit...Andrews is not afraid to reveal anything, even her bra size."--Washington Post

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061778842
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (14 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69A7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #866,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a5ed128) out of 5 stars 59 reviews
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a544b58) out of 5 stars Narcissistic 10 Jan. 2011
By Paula Settles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
That's pretty much it: Narcissistic. My book club read it (6 mature, smart, well educated, professional women). We were surprised to learn that NONE OF US liked this read! It was surprisingly sophomoric. Do young women really take this much BS from men? Ms. Andrews is obviously a smart, talented young woman with a turbulent childhood and 'man' and 'mother' issues. We all wondered who the intended audience was. Women 30 and under, we decided. Though, by 30 one would hope to be beyond the point of desperation. I hope that she truly finds herself and heals herself before publishing another book. This one missed the mark for me. On a scale of 1 to 10, I gave it a 3. Mine was the highest score.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a55d120) out of 5 stars A BRIDGE TO NOWHERE... 18 Sept. 2012
By Future Academy Award Winner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The title of this review also happens to be the title of chapter 6, which I think sums this book up best. The author has accomplished quite a bit before age 30, but unfortunately her life is not as interesting as I hoped it would be. I'll leave this one in the break room at work. Whoever picks it up can have it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a544fe4) out of 5 stars A Goose Egg Zero at best 5 Jan. 2015
By Pogo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A real self-absorbed, look-how-clever-I-am absolute zero, but the rating system doesn't accommodate that. I'm not sure why this book was published. I'm fairly certain whatever it was had nothing to do with the author's work.
40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a55d00c) out of 5 stars You'll be disappointed at best 20 Aug. 2010
By GeorgiaGal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the hype about this book, I started reading it with the expectation that I would be enlightened about why black women are largely single. Ha, fooled me! This book was a self-centered, arrogant rant about the author's life, with only tidbits here and there about black women's relationships with me. My girlfriend, for her birthday, invited several of her friends to a retreat, and she asked each of us to read the book. I only finished it so that I could participate in the discussion of the book, which turned out to be a discussion on how painful it was for each of us, well-degreed black women, to get through the book. The girlfriend who had asked us to read the book exclaimed, "there must be something that you liked about it!" Okay, I thought the writing style was engaging, but the content was horrible, disjointed, boring, convoluted, contrived, and way too detailed. If I were reading a book about Oprah Winfrey's life then, yes, I want all the tidbits; but for an author who few people have ever heard of before, I can't really get excited about her life story. I passed the book along to two other friends so that they wouldn't waste the money that I had wasted on it. I'm fine if they never return the book to me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b092ac4) out of 5 stars Great, Easy Read 29 Jan. 2011
By SND - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I heard good things about Bitch is the New Black, but hadn't yet checked it out for myself. I decided to buy it for the Kindle since it was a little cheaper, and the only thing I could think was "why did I wait so long?"

Helena's writing draws you in and leaves you in stitches. I found it akin to reading successive blog entries. Easy to get through, with the subject readily laid out and available to you. As a 20-something myself, I enjoyed it even more because I could absolutely relate the stories and situations she was going through. It was almost like I was reading stories that happened to either myself or girlfriends in undergrad.

If you're looking for some explication of the (mostly mythical) single, black, bitter woman, then this is not the book for you. But if you're looking for some genuinely funny stories, wrapped into some insights about the quarter-life crisis, then please pick up this memoir ASAP. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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